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Public Law offers a fresh and distinctive approach to the subject. Covering in detail all the topics fundamental to undergraduate courses, this essential text presents a sophisticated and coherent analysis of the doctrines and institutions of public law. Throughout, this analysis is integrated with explanation of the wider socio-political context in which the constitution operates.
Three key themes run throughout the book and help you to approach the subject in a structured and accessible way that aids deeper understanding of the subject. The key themes are:
- The significance of executive power and the challenge of ensuring that those who exercise such power are held to account;
- The shift from a political towards a legal constitution and the implications of this change; and
- The increasingly 'multi-layered' character of the UK constitution
Engaging, clear, and focused fully on what you need, Public Law is the perfect guide to this challenging and fascinating subject.
Mark Elliott, Reader in Public Law, University of Cambridge,Robert Thomas, Professor of Public Law, University of Manchester
Mark Elliott is Reader in Public Law at the University of Cambridge.
Robert Thomas is Professor of Public Law at the University of Manchester.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction to public law
1. Constitutions and constitutional law
2. Themes, sources and principles
Part II: The Constitution - institutions and principles
3. Separation of powers - an introduction
4. The executive
6. The judiciary
7. Devolution and local government
8. The European Union
Part III: Good governance - scrutiny, accountability, and transparency
9. Good governance: an introduction
10. Parliamentary scrutiny of central government
Part IV: Judicial review
11. Introduction to judicial review
12. The grounds of judicial review
13. Judicial review: scope, procedures and remedies
14. The effectiveness and impact of judicial review
Part V: Administrative justice
15. Ombudsmen and complaints
Part VI: Human rights
18. Human rights and the UK constitution
19. Freedom of expression
20. Freedom of assembly
21. Policing - powers, accountability, and governance